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Salivary Gland Tumours Diagnosis & Treatment, London

Salivary gland tumours may occur in any of the salivary glands. The majority are entirely benign however, do require removal.

Tumours can occur in the following four major salivary glands: Parotid (in front of the ears) Submandibular (below the lower jaw), Sublingual (below the tongue) and in any of the minor glands that occur throughout the oral cavity including the lips.

Tumours are usually painless and although it is said that malignant tumours invade nerves to cause facial nerve weakness, this is a rare event. Tumours can occur at any age but are relatively rare and even rarer in children. There are no specific risk factors although one type of salivary tumour is related to smoking.

All tumours should be removed if only to obtain an accurate diagnosis. The type of operation required is very variable and controversial, particularly in the parotid gland where many tumours occur.